Mobile World Congress 2017: All the coolest new phones and wearables from the trade show in Barcelona. Google released a developer version of Android O, and here are some of our favorite features and why you should actually care. It's a fun day when the developer preview for an upcoming operating system is released. Whether you're a developer or not you get a sneak peek at upcoming features that may soon be coming to your phone. Google released Tuesday the developer version of its next Android OS currently called just O. Some of O's most exciting features are better battery life, easier controls for notifications and picture-in-picture video for both phones and tablets. There's no guarantee all these features will be in the full release some time later this year.
Also on today's podcast: Uber's CEO troubles and the many music and VR demos at SXSW, The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder, Check out our extended shows on YouTube, iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud | TuneIn | Stitcher, We talk about the upcoming tropical ink - a watercolor garden iphone case version of Android, Uber's CEO sticking around, and music and VR at South by Southwest, Google provided some details on its latest mobile operating software, currently dubbed Android O..
The software, coming out later this year, will include picture-in-picture, so a user can watch a video on one app while bouncing around to other apps, as well as improved battery life. For now, we still have to guess what the O will stand for. That name will get changed eventually to some kind of candy or sweet, like recent versions Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.
Most Android phones are don't have the latest security patch -- despite efforts by Google to distribute software fixes monthly via phone carriers -- researchers at Skycure found, The report highlights the risks posed by not updating smartphones, and the challenges Google faces in delivering security tropical ink - a watercolor garden iphone case updates to Android users, Why should Android users be worried about staying up to date on their security updates? In the hacking world, security updates show bad guys all the ways that phones, computers or other devices can be compromised, For example, an Android security update in December patched a flaw nick-named "Dirty Cow" that could have let hackers get root privileges -- essentially the keys to the kingdom -- on an Android phone..
So if you don't (or can't) update, hackers can build tools to break into your phone. Patching makes these hacking tools useless. "Malware, network attacks and advanced exploitation campaigns many times depend on unpatched vulnerabilities to be successful," Yair Amit, co-founder and chief technical officer at Skycure, said in a statement. The carriers in the Skycure study are T-Mobile, MetroPCS, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. T-Mobile (which merged with MetroPCS in 2013) declined to comment. AT&T didn't immediately provide a comment. Sprint, and Verizon and didn't respond to requests for comment.